Argemone - Prickly Poppy Argemone mexicana


  • Common Names
  • Argemone - Prickly Poppy , Mexican Poppy, bluestem
  • Botanical Name
  • Argemone mexicana
  • Syn. A. albiflora
  • Family
  • PAPAVERACEAE

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Argemone - Prickly Poppy

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How to Use: Argemone - Prickly Poppy


This plant is very popular among those seeking a "legal high" and the mildly narcotic seeds are often mixed with tobacco or other herbs in smoking mixtures. However, most content themselves to growing the plant for its attractive flowers in native habitat gardens. Like other members of the poppy family, the prickly poppy has a long history as a traditional medicine.

“ The use of the oil of the seeds, the leaves, and the petals of this species has been quite prominent among native peoples of all tropical countries where the plant grows. Among the ancient Greeks the juice was supposed curative of cataract. In Mexico the latex juice of the plant was mixed with water for skin diseases, and the flowers used for chest complaints and as a narcotic. As a whole the plant has been conceded to be anodyne, detersive, resolutive, hpnotic, diuretic, diaphoretic, ophthalmic, and a hydragogue cathartic, appearing to unite the properties of Opium, Gamboge,and Celedine. ” Millspaugh, Charles F. "American Medicinal Plants" (1882) 20[20-2]

Preparation Methods & Dosage :The seeds are smoked, the seed oil is used in topical applications, the whole fresh plant can be made into a tincture


Argemone - Prickly Poppy Side Effects: A. mexicana seeds contain 2236% of a pale yellow non-edible oil, called argemone oil or katkar oil, which contains the toxic alkaloids sanguinarine and dihydrosanguinarine.

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References:
books citedWorks Cited
  1. Millspaugh, Charles F. "American Medicinal Plants" (1882) 44[12-2]
  2. Plants.usda.gov
  3. Singh, S.; Singh, T. D.; Singh, V. P.; Pandey, V. B. (February 2010). "Quaternary Alkaloids of Argemone mexicana". Pharmaceutical Biology 48 (2): 158160. PMID 20645832.